Heartbreak end to heroic campaign for Kilbride ladies

VHI  Healthcare Connacht Ladies Junior Club Final Curry (Sligo)                            4-21 Kilbride                                    7-11 (after two periods of extra-time) In one of the most sensational games of club football ever seen in Roscommon at any level, the Sligo champions Curry edged out Roscommon champions Kilbride by one point after two separate periods of extra-time at Kilbride GAA Park last Sunday.   When the sides finished level after normal time there were two periods of extra-time and that could not separate the sides either. Then heated discussions between the sides took place as to what should happen next.   It was eventually agreed that the Connacht Council directive that a winner had to emerge from the game must be followed and an unprecedented two further periods of extra-time were then played with Curry emerging as the one-point victors at the end of the marathon. In effect that was four extra-time periods, the two that followed normal time and the two extras insisted upon at the end.    Played before a big crowd, the match featured some excellent scoretaking by both sides and Sligo county star Therese Madden topped the list in the individual stakes, notching up a total of three goals and twelve points over the course of the game.   The first half was played at a frantic pace and Kilbride’s ability to score goals again came to the fore as they led 3-2 to 1-7 at the break. Catherine Hanley and Sinead Clabby with two, fired home the Kilbride goals. Therese Madden was the Curry goalscorer in the first half.   Curry were the stronger side on the break and further goals from Madden and Roisin Colleary looked to have set the Sligo girls up for a memorable victory but Kilbride were not finished by a long way. Tara Taylor’s goal threw them a lifeline.    Corina Gormley grabbed another goal and two further points from Kilbride tied up the scores at the end of the game.   The first period of extra-time was frantic and Sinead Clabby’s goal looked to have won the game for Kilbride but Curry star Madden tied up the game once again.   In the second period of extra-time Madden looked to have finally won it for Curry with four great points but Corina Gormley struck another goal for Kilbride to keep them in this marathon contest.   In the final period of action Madden scored a great goal for Curry and it was ultimately the goal that decided the game because try as they might Kilbride could not get back into the contest and they lost out by one point after a quite incredible game that took almost three hours to finish and featured a total of 43 scores between these two excellent teams. Curry: S. Feely; H. White, M. McDonagh,  N. Howley; AM. Colleran, N. Gallagher (0-1), C. Gallagher; T. Marren (3-12), C. Doyle (0-2); G. Colleary (0-4), J. Kennedy, AM. Gallagher; A. Marren (0-2), R. Colleran, C. Howley. Subs: C. Walsh, N. Howley, R. Collery (1-0), R. Colleran, AM. Gallagher, M. Howley, S. Gallagher. Kilbride: Y. Creighton; l. McCormack, E. McDonagh, C. Taylor; A. Kelly, S. Lohan, O. Creighton; T. Taylor (1-1), C. Gormley (1-1); E. Fannon (1-1), S. Clabby (3-2), S. Tully; C. Hanley (1-0), AM. Carley (1-5), J. Fannon. Subs: S. O’Hanrahan, M. Kilduff (0-1), C. Hanly, E. Fannon. Referee: G. Guinan (Galway).